Run: 100.5 (18th)
Pass: 174.3 (32nd)
Total: 274.8 (31st)
Run: 94.3 (9th)
Pass: 238.0 (15th)
Total: 332.3 (13th)
Run: 186.6 (1st)
Pass: 268.2 (11th)
Total: 454.8 (2nd)
Run: 108.0 (17th)
Pass: 326.0 (30th)
Total: 434.0 (31st)
BUCS — Out: CB Michael Adams (knee). Questionable: CB Johnthan Banks (illness), G Carl Nicks (foot), WR Mike Williams (hamstring). Probable: S Mark Barron (hamstring), G Gabe Carimi (illness), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), S Dashon Goldson (foot), DT Derek Landri (knee), DE Steven Means (shoulder), CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring)
EAGLES — Questionable: TE James Casey (groin), QB Michael Vick (hamstring). Probable: LB Connor Barwin (knee), CB Brandon Boykin (groin), S Patrick Chung (shoulder), QB Nick Foles (groin), P Donnie Jones (left foot), T Jason Peters (finger), RB Chris Polk (ankle)
1, Raymond James Stadium | TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5 FM, 95.3-FM | Line, O/U: Eagles by 2½; 46
By Greg Auman | Times Staff Writer
To recap (deep breath): The Bucs are coming off a bye week, the release of QB Josh Freeman — now with the Vikings — and they have a sellout crowd as a welcome distraction from another set of MRSA infections, including rookie CB Johnthan Banks and G Carl Nicks. Tampa Bay is eager to draw the headlines back to the field as it goes after its first win of the season.
What the Eagles do best
Run offensive plays at a dizzying pace — one every 22.3 seconds. Whether it be Michael Vick or Nick Foles, Philadelphia has thrown for 1,431 yards. And LeSean McCoy has a league-best 514 rushing yards.
How you beat the Eagles
Take advantage of a defense giving up 434 yards and 31.8 points per game. Philly scored 30 against the Chargers and lost, and gave up 52 to Denver. The Eagles defense is on the field even more than their prolific offense.
Eagles' top offensive player
LeSean "Shady" McCoy (right) leads the league with 514 rushing yards and 700 yards from scrimmage. The last time he faced Bucs coach Greg Schiano, McCoy went off for 146 yards and four touchdowns as Pittsburgh lost to Rutgers in 2008. Do that again, and his team won't lose.
Eagles' top defensive player
Second-year LB Mychal Kendricks is all over the place: 35 tackles, an interception and three fumble recoveries. He needs to be more consistent. But as this defense seeks major improvements, he's a playmaker on the rise.
The Bucs must avoid …
Allowing Philadelphia's defense to collapse on the line of scrimmage and focus too much on RB Doug Martin. A few downfield passes early will force the safeties to respect Mike Glennon's arm and open up Martin for easier yards.
Eagles 24, Bucs 16